Ballin: 32 points, 15 rebounds and five assists for LeBron James, which is somewhat surprisingly his first 30-15 game in the playoffs. Not that it’s easy to post a 30-15, but LeBron kind of has a knack for notching huge statistical achievements like that. Decent game.
Not so much: If the Pacers are going to have any chance in this series, their leading scorer can’t have more missed shots than points. Sorry, Danny Granger, but seven points on 1-10 shooting just isn’t going to cut it.
Get back: It’s a little sad how easy Dwyane Wade and LeBron James make halfcourt alley-oops look.
I like the shot that’s isolated on LeBron, where he easily outruns four Indiana Pacers who are like, “Whoops, forgot to check the guy who just won the MVP and is known for destroying teams on fast breaks.” Maybe pick him up a bit earlier, guys.
Preying mantis: I know he was hurt on the play — and we’re still awaiting news on how long he’ll be out, but there are warnings he could miss this entire series — but when Chris Bosh was kneeling on the floor trying to figure what was up with his abdominal strain, he looked like either a) a newborn deer finding its place in the world, b) a bearded dragon stretching or c) a preying mantis. No offense.
Save it: Blake Griffin has found a pretty cool way to warm up for Game 7s.
Considering Blake Griffin is undefeated in Game 7s, it stands to reason that every NBA player should throw down two-handed, backwards-spinning 360s in pregame warmups. This is way better than stretching.
Stand up: Shoutout to the Los Angeles Clippers bench — in particular Kenyon Martin, Nick Young and Eric Bledsoe — for basically winning Game 7. On the day, the bench tied the starters 41-41 and went on a 16-5 run to start the fourth quarter. Outstanding performance.
Chasedown city: Sometimes I think the Miami Heat like to let fast breaks happen, just so they can get chasedown blocks.
Maybe grow another two inches, Paul George.
Weird: During yesterday’s Game 7, Lionel Hollins was featured on the “Wired” segment, giving us a look inside a Grizzlies huddle. He told his team an anecdote, about a college friend who used to say “Pressure busts pipes,” which seemed like a way to say that pressuring the Clippers would make them mess up. However, he immediately followed this up by telling his team that there’s no pressure on them and to just play basketball. That’s when I had no idea what he was trying to say.
Other things: Here’s a pretty impressive look at how good LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were in the second half of yesterday’s game … Jordan Hill is going to smell terrible and get ringworm … Jeremy Lin is a party rocker who is in the house tonight … Nick Young at a press conference, rocking sunglasses and wishing his mom a happy Mother’s Day … Kendrick Perkins is getting healthier, which is good